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Pinterest predicts the top 10 home decor trends for 2019





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We love year-end lists as much as the next person (how else would we know which podcasts to listen to on our way to work?), but there’s something about a trend predictions roundup that gets us excited about the year ahead.

The Pinterest 100 was released this week, giving us a sneak peek at all the emerging trends in travel, wellness, fashion, decor, food and more. While 2018 was all about terrazzo, mixed metals and statement ceilings, 2019 is set to become the year of “living color” — which is not to be confused with Pantone’s Living Coral.

Expect to see DIYers dipping into cans of paint, plant parents flexing their green thumbs, and Millennial Pink to be ousted by a new “it” hue. Keep scrolling to find out which decor trends made Pinterest’s top 100 list.

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1. Mustard yellow is becoming a must-have (+45%)

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Call it Gen Z Yellow, Rebel Yellow or plain-old mustard, but this cheery hue is taking the design world by storm. Go bold with an accent wall or change up your throw pillow mix with a tassel-adorned velvet design.

2. Modern fireplaces are heating up (+763%)

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Fixer Upper convinced nearly all of America that white-painted brick paired with a reclaimed wood mantle was the only feasible fireplace option. Now that the show is over, we’ve started to see a re-emergence of sleek and modern fireplaces in varying designs.

3. Knit is getting real (+1,718%)

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Woven wall hangings have been a “thing” for quite some time. However, the 2019 iteration of textile art is bigger and bolder — think quilt displays, hanging rugs and colorful framed weavings.

4. Geometric wall murals are taking shape (+225%)

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The secret to DIY-ing a geometric wall mural is a roll of painter’s tape. With a little imagination and a steady hand, you can create an Insta-worthy backdrop over the course of an afternoon.

5. Tin tiles are back in style (+563%)

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Get-tin’ ready to remodel your kitchen or want to add some pizzazz to the fifth wall? Vintage-inspired tin stamped tiles are set to make a comeback in 2019. Affix them to your backsplash, kitchen island or fireplace surround for a charming, Old World look.

6. Cacti are looking sharp (+235%)

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We hope hard-to-kill plants never go out of style. Cacti arrangements are expected to be just as popular in 2019 as they were in 2018. Pinners are getting creative with their use of containers, repurposing fish bowls, teacups and hollowed-out tree stumps.

7. Greenery is on the up-and-up (+287%)

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Life in the concrete jungle can be a bit gray at times. Urban dwellers are increasingly seeking to green up their small living spaces with vertical gardens. Whether planted indoors or out, they’ll improve the air quality and your concentration (it’s science). 

8. Paint offers a quick DIY fix (+1,276%)

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If retiling the entire bathroom just isn’t in the budget for 2019, consider repainting that tired linoleum instead. With a tile stencil and a lot of patience, you can transform your floors from drab to fab.

9. Wallpaper is making a statement (+401%)

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Paint is great and all, but have you ever witnessed the transformative power of patterned wallpaper? These days, there are so many removable, peel-and-stick wallpaper options on the market. There’s very little mess involved and you won’t be overwhelmed by design regret if you grow tired of it in two years.

10. Pools are going au naturale (+262%)

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Chlorine stinks, but it can also lead to dry skin, irritated eyes and unsightly green hair. In 2019, homeowners will be searching for chemical-free alternatives on Pinterest. Natural swimming pools typically use aquatic plants and biological filters to purify the water, which means they’re environmentally friendly and better for your health.


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New home? Prepare for the unexpected





(NC) Buying a house, getting married or having your first baby are all major life events that are likely to affect your finances. But whether you’re in the midst of a major life event or not, it’s important to check in on your finances regularly to maintain good financial health.

Your financial health encompasses things like your spending, savings, borrowing and future financial plans. It also means dedicating a set amount of savings for unexpected future events. It can even include optional credit protection insurance, such as TD protection plans, to help cover your debt balances in case of death, a covered critical illness or total disability.

Even though it can be tough to think about the unexpected, life is unpredictable and it’s important to plan for the unexpected. Find more information at

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Mortgage pitfalls to avoid





(NC) Throughout life, you may have moments where you’ll make a large purchase or invest in a costly item, like your family home. But whether you’re in the market for your first new property or already have a mortgage, leaving this asset unprotected can be costly.   

Insuring your housing financial debt, as well as debt for other big-ticket items like a new boat for your lakefront cottage or keepsake jewelry like an engagement ring, is a smart investment in your well-being.

To help protect your debt balances like a mortgage, your bank may have optional credit protection insurance products.

“Your home is one of your biggest assets, yet illness can happen at any stage of life. Worrying about your mortgage when the focus should be on health isn’t a situation anyone would wish for,” explains Shirley Malloy, vice president at TD. “Fortunately, we offer mortgage protection to provide coverage for your outstanding balance should you face a covered critical health event.”

Mortgage protection can be purchased whether you’re in the process of applying for a mortgage or already have a home financing solution. But what about protection options for credit card debt?

“Given the unprecedented circumstances of this year, many Canadians are trying to plan for the unexpected to protect themselves and their finances,” says Malloy. “TD balance protection plus is an optional product designed to help you deal with your credit card payment obligations in the event of a covered event, such as loss of employment.”

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Is your internet too slow? It’s probably not you





(NC) We all know the aggravation of a school lesson that just won’t stop freezing or the family video call that looks more like a photo montage. And, as we adjust to the impact of COVID-19 on our day-to-day, that slow connection can have frustrating consequences.

Working from home and learning remotely, both need fast, stable internet, something not enough Canadians have yet. Even if you have fast devices in your home, if the infrastructure in your area is not optimal, your connection won’t be either.

Right now, cities have the infrastructure needed to ensure access. But rural and remote communities are hugely underserved, with fewer than half having high-speed internet, and fewer than a third of households on reservations have high-speed connections.

Fortunately, change is coming. The Universal Broadband Fund is backing projects across Canada right now to ensure the reliable, high-speed internet connections families need to work, study, access services online, and safely stay in touch with each other.

The fund existed before COVID, but as a response to the pandemic, its timetable has been moved up by four years to a target of 98 per cent of Canadians with high-speed internet access by 2026. With the faster pace, at least 90 per cent of us should be connected by the end of 2021.

The fund is focused on improvements in rural and remote communities across Canada to fix the disconnect between internet access for urban and rural households.  This means more remote work opportunities, better access to remote learning and safer access to healthcare, no matter where you live.

It’s not just for good connections at home, either. The improvements mean much better access to mobile networks on highways between remote communities. The result is better, safer navigation and access to emergency services for your family, even on the road in the middle of nowhere. Mobile projects will be focused on serving Indigenous communities and the roads leading to them.

The shape these improvements will take in your area will depend on where you live. Canada is huge, and its communities are hugely diverse, with diverse needs. Keep an eye out for local projects — they’re a small part of something much bigger.

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